Short Takes – July 18, 2012

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NIPSCO safety reminder
Outdoor digging and construction projects are in full swing.  To help you stay safe, NIPSCO encourages its customers, businesses and local communities to use the Indiana 811 call-before-you-dig phone number to help locate underground utility lines two days before any digging project begins. This number is toll-free and there is no cost to have the underground lines marked for those who are planning to dig.  Calling 811 is required by law, and a damage that occurs without such a call can result in civil penalties – even to homeowners. “Digging blindly without knowing what’s underground is like driving down the road with your eyes closed, “ said Mike Finissi, chief operating officer for NIPSCO. “So, no matter if it’s a homeowner doing digging work in their yard, or if it’s a hired contractor beginning a large project, we want everyone to stay safe by calling 811 before digging.” Of the 860 third-party hits recorded last year, 138 occurred in the South Bend, Elkhart and Goshen area, 219 occurred in northwest Indiana, 183 took place in the Ft. Wayne area and the remaining hits were recorded in the company’s remaining central and southern service areas. There are nearly 19 million miles of underground gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines across the country. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities increases the likelihood of an incident, which can cause serious injuries, service disruptions and repair costs. A professional utility line locator will visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with paint or flags. After the site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging carefully around the marked areas. Whether planting trees, building a deck, installing a mailbox or any other project that involves digging, NIPSCO and Indiana 811 offers the following recommendations:  Always call 811 before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property. Tell neighbors, co-workers, family and friends about 811 if they discuss their plans for an outdoor home improvement project with you. Plan ahead – Indiana 811 is always open. Just make sure you call at least two working days in advance of your project start date. Avoid starting projects until you’re sure all lines are marked. 811 will read a list of which companies should respond. Choose another location on the property for a project if the original planned site is near utility line markings. If your excavation is within two feet of any marked facility, only use hand tools or vacuum excavation with extreme caution. If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked. For more information, visit and .

Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center
Every Monday in August at 1:30 p.m. staff at Bellaboo’s will teach manners to children at the fun and informative Bellaboo’s Manners Boot Camp.  “We want to give children the tools to function and succeed as they grow up,” said Kara Mackey, Bellaboo’s manager.  Sgt. Nice “the Manners Expert” will be drilling and thrilling the kids with an arsenal of tools just in time for school.  Come back for a different fun focus each week and help set-up your child now to be a kind and respectful adult of the future.  Please and thank you!  Manners Boot Camp is included in the regular admission.  Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center is located at Three Rivers County Park, 2800 Colorado St., in Lake Station.  For times and admission, visit or call 219-963-2070.

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Purdue Calumet
Purdue University Calumet management and communication students just missed qualifying a third consecutive year for a berth in the National Student Advertising Competition. After a second place finish in district competition earlier this year, students of the Purdue Calumet advertising club, Agency 429, advanced to the national wild card competition involving second place teams from other districts nationwide. Placing second again, the Purdue Calumet students fell three-tenths of a point shy of advancing to the national competition at Austin, Tex.  This year’s National Student Advertising Competition required student teams to develop a $100 million integrated marketing campaign for Nissan, targeting a market of 18-to-29-year-old Hispanic, African-American and Chinese-American consumers. “This is the third year in a row that we finished either first or second at the district level,” Purdue Calumet Marketing Instructor and Agency 429 Advisor Matthew Hanson said. “Our students never cease to amaze me and have consistently proven that they are ready to walk into an agency setting and get to work.” Purdue Calumet student competitors include project presenters Jen Muha of Schererville, D.J. Fieldhouse of Munster, Celina Lewis of Hobart, Nedra Ogden of Schererville and Rey Perez of Cicero, Ill. Other team members are: Robert Beecher of Crown Point, Desiree Farkas of Dyer, Jacqueline Bernardo of Hammond, Shannon Bohling of Crown Point, Anja Mitric of Munster, Robert Cisneros of Hammond, Nick Lerma of Hammond, Felicia Sutton of Griffith, Trista Domasica of Hammond, Tiffany Begala of Crown Point, Amanda Ewing of Lowell, Asad Khan of Dyer, Don Pesavento of Schererville and Nolan Szalmasagi of Crown Point. The students embarked on the nine-month competition project in which they analyzed industry and customer trends, conceived and developed all creative executions, and performed extensive media analysis. Comprised primarily of students from the department of communication and creative arts and department of marketing, human resources and management, Purdue Calumet Agency 429 students placed among the top 15 at the National Student Advertising Competition in 2011 and 2010. Club members under Hanson’s direction also have won 12 local, district and national advertising awards. Other information about Agency 429 is available

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LaPorte Hospital Foundation
The La Porte Hospital Foundation, on behalf of Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital, was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Northern Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help fight breast cancer. Through funding from the Komen Foundation, the La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project will assist low-income, uninsured women age 40 and older, and women of any age who are at high risk for breast cancer, to receive screening or diagnostic mammography services through a physician’s referral. This project will also provide education for women in early detection practices, including breast self-awareness and the benefits of clinical breast exams. The La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project is a comprehensive effort for early detection of breast cancer. The project seeks funding partners in order to support community-wide efforts of the IU Health Women’s Imaging Center related to breast health education, clinical breast exams and mammograms to assist in early detection. The Komen grant is a result of these efforts. Individuals should contact their physician’s office to see if they qualify for a free screening or diagnostic mammogram voucher. For more information about the La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project, contact the foundation office at 219-326-2471 or toll-free 877-265-4539.

United Way Day of Caring
On Friday, Aug. 24, the annual United Way Day of Caring will take place in the region. This event celebrates volunteerism throughout Northwest Indiana, bringing corporate volunteers through the doors of local non-profits to lend a hand.  Businesses, churches and civic groups form teams then choose a project they will complete on the Day of Caring.  This year, Success By 6 with the United Way Regional Volunteer Center will host the Community Baby Shower as a Day of Caring project. The Community Baby Shower will not only provide parents with much needed items, but also provide them with information and knowledge as agencies will be on hand to provide parent resources during the Community Baby shower itself.  New items can be collected by organizations and then dropped off at two local United Way offices:  Lake Area United Way, 221 W. Ridge Road in Griffith or United Way of Porter County, 951 Eastport Centre Drive in Valparaiso.  Success By 6 is a Regional United Way early childhood initiative that works to  improve the lives of young children by engaging with community partners, including business, health and human services, education, government  and community groups. An outcome-focused approach is used to study the problems facing children, ages 0-6, in their communities, and develop effective solutions. To register to participate in the Community Baby Shower, visit   For more information about the United Way of Porter County, Dapoxetine dapoxetine alternative

Lake County Parks
The purpose of the World War II Tribute held for 15 years at Buckley Homestead was to recognize and honor WWII veterans and those who supported them on the home front.  “We will continue with that mission, but will move the tribute to an indoor, climate controlled, handicapped accessible facility,” said Sandy Basala, superintendent of visitor services for the park department.  “It is becoming harder for many in the WWII generation to visit the farm in various weather conditions.  Even with the shuttle from the parking lot to the barnyard, much of the program still had to be walked on woodchip trails.  We want as many WWII veterans and their families to attend and moving it to a more controlled facility will help us do that,” Basala added. The 2013 program will be different, but our purpose of honoring our veterans remains a top priority.  Details will be released after the first of the year, but it is confirmed that the tribute will be held at Lake Etta County Park on Saturday, June 8, 2013.  For updates continue to check .  Information will be added as it becomes available.

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